Senokot is a stimulant laxative containing Senna (Sennosides), for the short-term relief of constipation in adults.
Constipation is fairly common, causing unpleasant symptoms such as a difficulty passing regular bowel movements, accompanied by hard, dry stools which can cause pain when passing.
Constipation can come on without cause or can be associated with other factors such as a sudden change in diet, lack of fluids, lack of exercise or other medications. Women, especially during pregnancy, and the elderly are at an increased risk of constipation.
Before taking any laxative, you should try making adjustments to your diet and lifestyle first. If your constipation persists in spite of these changes, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice on which treatments are suitable for you.
Your doctor or a pharmacist can inform you on which constipation relief is suitable for you based on your condition and medical history. They can also advise on how to take the treatment to relieve your symptoms.
Senokot is derived from natural Senna plant, and can be bought over the counter from your local pharmacist, prescribed by your doctor or you can buy Senokot online from a reputable provider such as Prescription Doctor.
Senokot works by stimulating the nerve endings found in the intestines, encouraging an increase in the frequency and force of muscle contractions. It is these contractions which help move faeces down through the bowels, preventing water from being absorbed through the intestinal lining, and encouraging an increase in bowel movements.
For occasional use only, Senokot can be an effective way of reducing the unpleasant side effects associated with constipation and can aid a more regular pattern of bowel movements.
Senokot contains sennosides which – once consumed – are activated by the bacteria present in the colon. Senokot will not start working until it reaches this part of the gut.
For this reason, Senokot typically takes around 8-12 hours to take effect.
New users should start with the smallest dose of Senokot, which is 1 tablet to be taken before bedtime with a glass of water.
If necessary, you may increase the dosage to the maximum dose of 2 tablets before bed.
You should swallow Senokot tablets whole with a glass of water. Senokot tablets should not be crushed or chewed.
Senokot should not be taken more than 3 times in a week.
As soon as improvements are seen, you should decrease your dose of Senokot gradually, coming to a stop once your bowel movements return to normal.